With four NHL games on tap to start this week of DraftKings DFS Hockey contests, DFS hockey players have a solid player pool to delve into to fill-out their lineups with both superstar and value plays. Let’s take a look at some of top and bargain buys for tonight’s games.
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Jaroslav Halak ($7,300) – Halak has been fantastic for the Islanders this season and with another strong outing on Friday night against the Panthers, despite losing in a shootout, he has moved into second in the league in goals against average with a 2.02 mark and sits just outside the top-10 in SV% at .921. Jaro has been particularly solid as of late allowing no-more than two goals against in four of his last five games, but he will have a tough matchup against the Avalanche’s sixth-ranked scoring offense on Monday night.
Henrik Lundqvist ($8,100) – Because of his shaky play as of late, this could be a game we see Antti Raanta ($7,200) instead of Lundqvist but either should be considered for your lineup Monday against Carolina. Lundqvist has surrendered nine goals against in his last two outings but still ranks second in the league in both wins and SV% and sits tied for sixth in GAA. He has the highest FPPG average of all goalies on Monday night at 6.1FPPG, he already has a shutout against Carolina this season and for his career holds a 22-9-1 record with a 1.97 GAA and .931 SV% against the Hurricanes. If he plays Lundqvist is the goalie to put in your lineup tonight.
Ryan Miller ($7,300) – Despite his regression since the beginning of the season back towards his career averages in GAA and SV%, Miller has been solid as of late allowing only two goals against in each of his last two starts. Vancouver visits the Ducks on Monday night and on the road this season Miller has been slightly better away from home with his GAA. Miller has solid career numbers against the Ducks, posting a 2.18 GAA and .929 SV%, and Anaheim sits 29th in the league in goals scored per game at only 1.9 on the season.
Others to Consider: John Gibson ($6,000), Antti Raanta ($7,200), Anders Nilsson ($6,300) or Cam Talbot ($6,200)
Dion Phaneuf ($4,100) – Phaneuf has been a solid fantasy contributor this season and comes in tied for sixth on Monday night among defensemen in FPPG with 3.1 per game. He has points in back-to-back games and is coming off a two assist game against Washington on Saturday night. Saturday night was one of his best games of the season on top of those two assists, one of the power-play variety, he had a blocked shot and seven shots on goal. He has gotten great category coverage all season with 14 points, 31 blocks and 52 shots on goal in 23 games and should be heavily considered as a mid-level salary defenseman for your roster on Monday night.
Sami Vatanen ($4,800) – Vatanen, like the Ducks, had a slow start to the season but he has found the offense that he flashed last season and is coming on strong for Anaheim. Before he was held off the scoresheet against the Blackhawks over the weekend he has back-to-back multi-point games and had points in five of six outings. He has 10 of his 13 points on the season in his last 10 games and has added 11 blocked shots and 17 shots on goal in that span. The Ducks welcome the Canucks on Monday night at home and Vatanen has eight points in 12 home games this season and in his brief career has nine points in 10 games against Vancouver.
Nick Leddy ($3,600) – Leddy has not had the start to the season like he did last year for the Islanders despite playing very well and driving a lot of the offensive possessions for the team. He picked up a power-play assist in the Islanders game on Saturday against Tampa Bay and has seven blocked shots and 17 shots on goal in his last 10 games. He is seeing prime amounts of time at both even strength and on the power-play for the Islanders and has a fantastic opportunity to put up points in back-to-back games when the Islanders face Colorado’s 27th-ranked scoring defense at home on Monday night.
Alexander Edler ($5,100) – Edler has had a very quiet and underrated start to his season and now has points in six of his last eight games. Like Phaneuf, Edler’s value comes from his all-around contributions. Edler is the only Canucks defenseman in double-digits with 13 points, is second on the team with 52 blocked shots and third in shots on goal with 49. Vancouver travels to Anaheim on and Edler has nine of his 13 points this season on the road.
Others to Consider: Justin Faulk ($5,900), Johnny Boychuk ($5,400), Francois Beauchemin ($5,100), Morgan Rielly ($4,600), Cam Fowler ($4,000), Keith Yandle ($4,600), Oscar Klefbom ($4,000), Tyson Barrie ($4,700).
John Tavares ($8,100) – It does not seem like he’s put up the numbers that he has this season, but Tavares is a point-per-game player with 21 points in 21 games this season. Tavares leads the Islanders in goals with 11, is tied with Frans Nielsen for the team lead in shots with 67 and multi-point games with five, and is second in assists with 10. He has put up seven points and 18 shots on goal in his last five games. He seems to have found a good chemistry with current linemates Kyle Okposo and Brock Nelson, and has a fantastic matchup at home against Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, who has a 3.20 GAA and sub-.900 SV% on the year and has allowed three goals against or more in seven of his last 10 games.
Henrik Sedin ($5,000) – Sedin and his twin brother Daniel have been two of the hottest scorers in the league as of late and have combined for 30 points in their last 10 games. Henrik has 14 points in that span and sits second to Daniel on the team in all three major scoring categories. Henrik has points in eight of his last 10 games, putting up five goals and nine assists in that period, and has managed at least a point in six straight contests. The Canucks travel to Anaheim on Monday night and Henrik has put up 13 of his 23 points this season on the road.
Ryan Getzlaf ($6,300) – After managing only five assists in his first 10 games, Getzlaf has come on very strong lately and has put up 10 points (1G, 9A) in his last 10 games. He has points in four of his last six, with three of those being multi-point efforts, one of those a five assist game on Tuesday against Calgary, but Getzlaf seems to be back to playing at the level expected of him. He had a two-game point streak snapped over the weekend against Chicago but is a good play on Monday night against Vancouver, who he has 35 points against in his career.
Taylor Hall ($6,900) – Hall broke a three-game scoreless streak on Saturday against Pittsburgh while blocking two shots and putting six shots on goal. He still sits as one of the top-seven scorers in the NHL with 25 points in 24 games this season and despite his recent three-game slide has put up nine points in his last 10 games. He is tied for eighth in the league in multi-point games with seven on the season. With the production that Hall and his line has put up this season he is a great play on Monday night, drawing a Maple Leafs team that sits 20th in the league in goals against on the season and are starting a rookie goalie making his NHL debut tonight.
Jannik Hansen ($3,600) – Hansen has settled in very nicely on the Canucks first line with the Sedin twins and is showing an offensive side to his game that has not been seen before. His previous season high for points in 39 set in the 2011-2012 season, but is on pace to crack that this season with 15 points (third on the team) in 24 games. He has put up nine points and 23 shots in his last 10 games and as long as he remains on the wing for the Sedins he will be a great value play for your lineups on a nightly basis.
Tyler Bozak ($4,200) – Bozak is tied with Dion Phaneuf for the team lead for the Maple Leafs in scoring right now with 14 points and has been one of their offensive bright spots as of late with nine points in his last 10 games. His splits have greatly favored his home games this season with 10 of his 14 points on the year coming at Air Canada Centre. He is entrenched in the Leafs top-six forward rotation and is centering their second power-play unit where he has five points on the season, and with Toronto starting rookie goalie Garret Sparks Monday night the Leafs top-six will be leaned on heavily to put points on the board early and Bozak is a solid play on Monday night averaging 2.7 FPPG on the season.
Others to Consider: Radim Vrbata ($5,600), Leon Draisaitl ($4,100), Frans Nielsen ($5,000), James van Riemsdyk ($6,200), Ryan Kesler ($5,100), Daniel Sedin ($6,900), Brock Nelson ($4,200), Rick Nash ($7,200), Josh Bailey ($4,000), Derick Brassard ($5,200), Nathan MacKinnon ($7,500), Victor Rask ($4,400).
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